Wednesday | 16 Sep 2020

Neuville: ‘I’ll keep fighting’

Thierry Neuville hasn’t given up on a maiden FIA World Rally Championship title despite conceding his chances look ‘complicated’ ahead of this week’s Rally Turkey (18 - 20 September).

The Belgian driver starts the gruelling Marmaris-based rally 37 points behind series leader Sébastien Ogier. He suffered a no-score at Rally Estonia earlier this month after ripping off a wheel on Saturday then suffering an electrical problem on Sunday’s Wolf Power Stage.

The Hyundai Motorsport pilot slipped to fifth in the points and is realistic about his championship chances, but pointed out that things can change quickly – especially on unpredictable rough rallies like Turkey.

“We have seen before that the situation can change pretty quickly,” said Neuville, “so we are going to keep on fighting. Everything looks more difficult and complicated now, but that’s part of the game and we know to live with that.

Video: Rally Estonia - Neuville crash

“For Turkey we will follow the plan to finish ahead [of our title rivals] as we were doing in Estonia. I think we missed a bit of luck last time, especially seeing the other drivers all had similar moments [to the one which cost Neuville his right rear wheel].”

The upside to Neuville’s miserable round four outing is a preferable place in the Turkey running order when he will start fifth on Friday and the first half of Saturday.

With warm and dry conditions expected on the dirt mountain roads, this should give him an edge over his rivals ahead, who will struggle for grip as they sweep a clean line through the loose gravel on the surface.

• Full coverage from Rally Turkey will be available on WRC+ All Live here, including every stage broadcast as it happens as well as key interviews, features and expert analysis from the service park.

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